Antique Boat Show Celebrates 54th Year

Antique Boat Show Celebrates 54th Year

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Boats of all shapes, sizes, makes and models are in the St. Lawrence River this weekend and they're antiques.

It's the 54th Annual Thousand Islands Antique Boat Show.

"After last year's high water, we're hoping that we'll have more visitors. We do have more boats. We actually have a waiting list this year for dock space, which is the first in a few years," said Rebecca Hopfinger, executive director of the Antique Boat Museum.

The event is held each year at the museum. There are 57 boats in the water plus more boats on land.

Among those who travel to show their boats are The Schell brothers from New Jersey. They own and operate a company where they make old wooden boats new again.

"This is a British racing launch. She was built in 190, ended up here in the U.S. in the early 90s. A customer brought her and said, 'Are you interested in restoring her?' And we went from there," said Peter Schell. 

And at just 8 years old, Gus Lombardi might be the youngest one to show a boat.

"Usually a lot of other boats are brown for wood, but this one is just yellow," he said.

Lombardi says his parents have boated for years and he's proud to show off his boat that's decorated with "minions."

As for Hopfinger, she says the museum staff is optimistic about the weekend.

"We're excited to have a full array of boats for our spectators and registrants to visit and celebrate," she said.

The boat show happens all weekend long. There is an admission fee. The executive director says if you don't make it this time around, not to worry - the museum stays open all the way through October. 

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